Nicholas obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at La Trobe University and recently completed his PhD in sociology, The Therapeutic Quest for Happiness: Suffering, Narrative and Self-Transformation, at Monash University in late 2018.
Nicholas has worked on several Social Research in Health projects including two ARC Linkage Projects (Experiences of Depression and Recovery and Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making) and two industry-funded projects (Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood and Personal experiences of health and illness on the internet: A literature review) and four Healthtalk Australia online resources.
Nicholas has co-authored peer-reviewed papers, major research reports, and is co-editing a book entitled Critical Happiness Studies (with Svend Brinkmann and Anders Petersen, Aalborg University, Denmark), due to be published by Routledge in 2019.
Nicholas’ research interests are in the area of sociology of health and illness, with a specific focus on mental health and wellbeing. In particular, he is interested in the intersection of distress and suffering, and therapeutic discourses.
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